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    Tara Ryan
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    Registered On: April 20, 2021
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    Hi ladies,

    With apologies to our non-U.K. members, I have to bring up that seasonal tradition in the U.K. of pantomime, that strange British pastime where men dress as women and women dress as men, don’t ask me to explain.  Men as dames and women as principal boys, it is a thing that only we could invent.  For those not in the U.K. please search on the Internet, it may confuse you more but at least you can see what I mean about the characters.

    I wondered if any of you girls had a desire to be in panto, or perhaps this is one of your annual activities.  If so which character would you like to be? And as this is CDH we can of course choose the role we want and not be limited to the usual gender stereotypes.

    So is it Prince Charming or Widow Twankey for you?  For me it is Prince Charming, I am already slapping my thighs in my fishnet tights.

    Love,

    Tara.

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    • #588084
      Sara Scarlet
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      I pulled off a great move for the second year in a row.

      Every day from the 1st of Dec to the 24th I have to find new ideas for the “Elf on the Shelf”.

      Last year I came up with a plan that it would paint one of my feet with nail varnish (that’s my profile pic). The kids loved it and thought it was hilarious so this year, I did it on both feet.

      Now my toes are sporting a coat of deep red nail polish. It was even funnier when my other half told me she had no remover.

      This means I get to wander around with painted toenails for a while.

      Fantastic.

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      Hi Tara i could probably play one of the ugly sister’s in Cinderella ,

      Hugs Roz X

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        Tara Ryan
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        Hi Roz,

        As this is CDH they will be glamorous ugly sisters, something like the Joan Collins look from Dynasty, how do you fancy that?

        Love,

        Tara x

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          But would i have to wear the big shoulder pads like they did in Dynasty,

          Hugs Roz X

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          • #587992
            Tara Ryan
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            Hi Roz,

            Only for the retro 80’s version.

            Love,

            Tara x

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      Hi Tara…

      I would definitely be Snow White…I can chose how i wake up each morning…

      Sometimes feeling happy, grumpy, bashful……but I must admit, until I get my coffee, mostly sleepy and dopey… haha

      Oh yes I am !!!!

      Grace x

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      • #586316
        Tara Ryan
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        Hi Grace,

        Who else but you could play Snow White, you would sort out the wicked queen.

        Poor old Doc and Sneezy, they didn’t get a mention.

        Love,

        Tara x.

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      Angela Booth
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      There is a magic about panto that isn’t like any other theatre. It is full of innuendo and naughty verse that adults will laugh at and kids won’t understand.  It’s very British and you can understand where Carry On films and sit coms like ‘Are you being served’ evolved from.

      To sell the Panto the casts are made up of the latest soap stars, faded stars but among them are the real gems who understand how it works. They are usually the least known but can get the audience going. The dames are probably some of the best known characters as they are in all the pantos. There is nothing like a Dame. Dan Leno, Cyril Fletcher, Roy Hudd and , more recent years, Chris Biggins. Julian Clary is possible one of the best with his Double Entndres and always mentions his lovely ‘entrance’.

      Over the years Americans have dipped their toes in the panto world. Being popular in the U.K. saw the likes of the ‘Hoff’ and Jerry Springer play Captain Hook along with The Fonz – Henry Winkler, Linda Gray and Pamela Anderson also trod the boards.

      Christmas isn’t Christmas without Panto. Where else can you get away with a line like this to an audience of adults and children? The wicked queen, Craig Revel Horward said to buttons, ‘ My Prince Charming, Your balls are getting bigger every year’. Priceless.

      !

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        Angela

        As the late Kenneth would have said

        Infamy, infamy – they’ve all got it in for me

        Emily

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        • #587662
          Tara Ryan
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          Hi Emily,

          We will confusing out non U.K. girlfriends even more now, but the great Kenneth did come out with some great quotes, I particularly liked Rambling Sid Rumpo.

          Love,

          Tara x

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      • #586310
        Tara Ryan
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        Hi Angela,

        I totally agree with you that Panto is very much part of Christmas and it’s humour a reflection of the British enjoyment of bawdiness that is reflected in the tradition of music hall and carry on films.

        I am perhaps lamenting some of the old variety entertainers whose craft came through in pantomime.  Was there ever a more glamorous dame than Danny La Rue, not to mention the other old stars of variety who were skilled in art of female impersonation, namely Dick Emery, Stanley Baxter and Larry Grayson.  Larry who started his career in music hall as a female impersonator and very good he was too.

        I have a great interest in music hall and comedy history, some of the greatest comedic stars have their roots there, I am thinking mainly of Charlie Chaplin and my particular comedy hero Stan Laurel.

        Love,

        Tara x.

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      I’m up for an ugly sister, as long as the dress is something big and complicated and involved corsetry.

      In my heart, of course, I’d be Cinderella.

      Connie
      xxx

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      • #586096
        Tara Ryan
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        Hi Connie,

        We will make the ugly sisters as glamorous as possible, the big dress and corsets will be a given.

        Love

        Tara x.

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          Cool! As long as it takes an hour and two assistants to get into.

          Connie
          xxx

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      Angela Booth
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      How I love Panto and the cheesey jokes,

      ‘I used to have a job as a pantomime horse, but I quit while I was a head’

      Cinderella was told that her photos had been mislaid at the printers,’Some day my prints will come’ She wailed…

      I saw Snow White working in a shopping centre. She was the fairest of the mall.

      Dame, ‘Sorry I’m late, I’ve been to the optitians and he said I am colour blind’

      Buttons, ‘Colour blind?’

      Dame, ‘Yes it came as a bolt from the orange’

      Dame, ‘I am knickered’

      Buttons, ‘ Don’t you mean knackered ?’

      Dame, ‘ No, knickered. My breath is coming in short pants.

      Dame, ‘Where’s my career going?’

      Audience, ‘It’s behind you!’

       

       

       

       

       

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      • #586325
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        Angela…😂😂😂 brilliant 🤣🤣🤣

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      • #586070
        Tara Ryan
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        Hi Angela,

        Absolutely wonderful, we have our scriptwriter

        Love,

        Tara x.

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      Have you any spare tickets?
      I’m eager to view you in your costume.
      ( oh no you’re not….
      OH YES I AM !!)
      “ Here’s looking at you “ !

      I expect all UK CD are fans of PANTO mime.?
      ( UK speciality- !!!!)
      😊

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      • #586072
        Tara Ryan
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        Hi Anya,

        Tickets are going fast but we will save some for you.  Panto certainly is a once a year eccentric ritual.  Though it seems to be full of old soap actors and fading reality show ‘stars’.

        Love,

        Tara x

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    • #585927
      Tara Ryan
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      Lovely choice Sylvia, the shoe clearly fits, you will have to look that up as well.

      Love

      Tara x

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      • #585941
        Barb Wire
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        Oops!

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    • #585915
      Barb Wire
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      Firing up Google. Stand by, assuming I can cross the cultural chasm…

      Hugs, Barb 🎭

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      • #585924
        Tara Ryan
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        Good luck Barb, I expect a full explanation.

        Love

        Tara x

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        • #585946
          Barb Wire
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          Well, Tara…

          Pantomime (or “Panto” for those in the know), originated in Italy in the mid sixteenth century, travelling first through France before it reached English shores. The first story was about two lovers, Harlequin and Columbine, who can’t get together because of a meddling father. Crossdressing is paramount, no doubt, to accentuate the slapstick comedy that gender reversal provokes. The storylines are about good and evil, with lavish costumes and audience participation.

          (How am I doing so far?)

          Many would recognize the various panto stories, such as: Cinderella, Snow White, Tom the Cat, and King Rat, just to name a few.

          Well then! If I had to choose character, it would be The Evil Queen in Snow White. I bet she has tons of fun in her dungeon, not to mention having a decent library of spells and dramatic mayhem! Besides, I love her outfit and high heels!

          Such FUN!

          Love, Barb 👑

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          • #586074
            Tara Ryan
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            Hi Barb,

            Excellent, top marks, please go to the top of the class.  The Evil Snow Queen part is yours, the bad girls have more fun.

            Love,

            Tara x

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          • #586195
            Barb Wire
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            LOL!

            Yeah, I’ve always had a thing for Dominatrix characters. That sexual power!

            FAH-CHH!! “On your kneeeees!”

            Lovely post, Tara! This is fun!

            😇 Barb

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    • #585913
      Dee Nash
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      Hi Tara,The wicked queen (giggle) x

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      • #585925
        Tara Ryan
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        Hi Dee,

        Surely not.

        Love

        Tara x

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          Dee Nash
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          She looks sexy dont you think? x

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      Marti
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      Hi Tara,

      I think I’d be a shoe-in – for one of the ugly sisters. I can imagine the cast arguing about who plays this role.

      “You should play it”
      “No, you should play it”

      Panto’s are great fun when you are with kids of a certain age.

      Marti xxx

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      • #585926
        Tara Ryan
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        Hi Marti

        You would definitely not be an ugly sister, the Fairy Godmother is still to be cast, do you fancy it?

        Love

        Tara x.

         

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          Marti
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          Ok Tara, thanks 😉 x

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    • #585895
      Sylvia
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      Dear Tara ,

      You are right , I had to look it up.
      I think I would choose Cinderella !

      Love Sylvia.

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